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Balloon incident addressed before Borger ISD board

March 17, 2012

A water balloon fight at Borger High School the week prior to spring break took an ugly turn for one BHS student.
Roper Cox addressed the Borger ISD school board at its recent meeting on her son’s behalf. During the water balloon fight, her son was hit with a balloon filled with urine.
She said she wanted to know what the school district was going to do, and would rather see the district handle it than taking it to the police.
Cox said she called the high school and was told the principal, David Tyson, would call her back before noon, but her call was not returned. She went up to the school to speak with the principal and was told once she arrived that he would call her back before school was out, but once again her call was not returned.
She made a visit to the school administration building to address her concerns.
Officials at the school administration building told Cox that the principal would call her back. The principal told her at first that he was not aware of what had taken place, but later admitted he knew what had happened.
“He said he had done no reporting of the urine-filled balloons, just the water balloons,” Cox said.
She said her son has an autoimmune disease, and the last thing he needs is to have other people’s bodily fluids thrown on him, calling the incident “disgusting”.
Cox said she was told by the principal that a Crimestoppers report would be issued pertaining to the incident, but she said this made no sense to her if reports had not been filed.
“I was wanting to know if the school was going to handle it, how it was going to be handled, and if there was going to be anything done other than the basic slap on the hand,” she said.
She wanted to know what was going to be done, or if she needed to take more decisive action. She said she felt the incident had been handled too nonchalantly, and the principal had appeared too busy to call her back.
“I want to know how it’s going to be handled with the fact of them throwing bodily fluids on the students, because it’s a crime,” Cox said.
Board president Robert Bradley assured her the district would handle the incident, and it would not be swept under the rug.
BISD superintendent Chance Welch said an investigation of the situation is being conducted, and if necessary, appropriate action will be taken.
“We have already taken steps to prevent a similar situation during school hours,” he said.

Source 
Borger News Herald

Comments

If you got pissed on, you would be pissed off

March 19, 2012 by userwithabrain (not verified), 2 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 1098

As the wife of a correctional officer, I see this as an assault.
I would pass on the advise and rules of the school board, let them police themselves, and take it to a higher court..file assault charges and let the courts decide..your son deserves more than what you are getting from the principal...and for those who don't like the way you handle it, haven't been pissed on enough to get pissed off!!

Since When...

March 19, 2012 by Chance87 (not verified), 2 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 1088

To the children who have posted their disdain for authority and rules regarding this story: I was a senior in High School many moons ago, and I had a great time my senior year, ahhh memories! But since when do you have to be a sadistic prison thug vandal to have "a fun year"? Had this happened in my day and age you thugs would have been picking up your teeth off of the ground. To the Parents making excuses for the behavior of their Children: Perhaps you are part of the problem here at Borger HS...I dunno, just a thought? To the faculty making excuses for overlooking this intolerable behavior: You are definitely part of the problem here...and that's not just a thought, that's a fact... May all of the Children at Borger High School have a fun and productive year (without vandalizing other people's property and acting like a convict in solitary confinement throwing their bodily fluids at the guards) Just a thought...

As Far As BISD Is Concerned...

March 18, 2012 by kassie (not verified), 2 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 1085

There are always going to be people who are negative, accusatory, and flat out ignorant when it comes to what goes on in a school or district. Perhaps some people need to stop their lynch-mob attitude against the Borger ISD and start seeing the good things that it offers and be glad that their children are being taught in a safe, secure environment where there are highly qualified(YES, the state makes sure of that now)teachers who are committed and passionate about they do. The staff chooses to be and wants to be with your children each and every day! They are NOT there for the money. IF you have ever worked in a school district, then you understand how things work and how there are people who have NEVER stepped foot inside a school building or have never do any type of volunteer work, but they want to gripe, moan, and complain about things they truly know NOTHING about!!! I have worked in a few districts and know what it is like to deal with parents who complain, threaten, and mainly are just a thorn in the side of the administration, staff, or teachers because "they pay our salaries with their taxes...". Well, I pay my own salary as I live here, too. Borger ISD is a great place to work as well as send your children to school. Sure, there may be people who shouldn't be in a school district, but there are more people in our world who should NOT be parents!!! When you talk bad about the district, teachers, etc in front of your children and 'show them how you are gonna ram-rod your way' no wonder there are so many discipline problems in the schools these days...because some parents are the ones causing them with THEIR actions FIRST!! If you don't like our schools here, you can always LEAVE!!!! Or, better yet, why don't you take your turn inside a classroom, office, etc for a day, maybe just a few hours, and let's see how you do before you start running down our system. Go back to school and get an education degree and get in there and change things for the better! Have any of these people who complain offered any good suggestions to help remedy the situations they don't like? PROBABLY NOT!! Be glad for what you have!!! If you don't like it, then do something about it that is constructive, not destructive. Offer help, not hindrance.

Can't Be true when you don't have proof

March 18, 2012 by Daniel White (not verified), 2 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 1082

I'm speaking for myself, and the rest of the Borger high seniors. It's a senior prank! Y'all obviously don't know what fun is or never heard of it. When your kids are seniors they will do whatever it takes to have a good time. Urine? Really!? The ones who filled the balloons didn't put urine in there! Trust me I know. Your kids are in high school so tell them to grow up along with their parents! It's not you'r senior year or you'r kids. Just cause y'all want attention doesn't mean you have to try to ruin our senior year..cause trust me y'all won't! We will do whatever it takes to make our year a perfect, and memorable year! Thank you for reading :)

LOl

March 18, 2012 by Daniel White (not verified), 2 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 1080

I'm speaking for myself, and the rest of the Borger high seniors. It's a senior prank! Y'all obviously don't know what fun is or never heard of it. When your kids are seniors they will do whatever it takes to have a good time. Urine? Really!? The ones who filled the balloons didn't put urine in there! Trust me I know. Your kids are in high school so tell them to grow up along with their parents! It's not you'r senior year or you'r kids. Just cause y'all want attention doesn't mean you have to try to ruin our senior year..cause trust me y'all won't! We will do whatever it takes to make our year a perfect, and memorable year! Thank you for reading :)

BS!

March 17, 2012 by huney (not verified), 2 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 1077

BISD always chooses to ignore issues like this one. Turn your head rather than acknowledge and deal with it. Nothing will be done. Count on it!

Believe it when I see it happen.........

March 17, 2012 by tx_girl (not verified), 2 years 24 weeks ago
Comment: 1066

The school knew what happened that day with the water balloons, some of the coaches even knew what was going on. What is BISD going to do about it, as usual, probably nothing. What about all the the cars that were show polished, the windows are not a big deal, but when it comes to the body of the cars and the chrome or rag tops being painted, this is ridiculous. Or how about the cars that these kids found unlocked and poured drinks all over the inside of them? The school also knew of these incidents, because they happened on the same day as the water balloon fight. It's great to have fun and joke and play, your senior year should be the best year that you have while in school, but when it comes to damaging property and throwing urine at people, it has gone to far. I really hope that something is done about this, but I fear that like many other issues, it will be swept under the rug. Also, I do hope that IF there is punishment for these acts, that it is more severe than taking away Senior Skip Day. These kids are obviously organized enough to plan their own skip day and many of them have parents who will help them with the festivities.

As for Ms. Cox, I applaud you for going to the school board with this issue, and if more people would stand up, like you have done, BISD might possibly be a better place for our children.

'The Supposed' water balloon fight...

March 17, 2012 by kassie (not verified), 2 years 23 weeks ago
Comment: 1075

As far as the 'supposed' water balloon fight is councerned, this is a great example of how things get blown out of proportion, are taken the wrong way, gain innaccuracies while being spread, or turn out to be flat falsehoods. So, only one parent has stepped out to say that her child was pelted with urine-filled balloons, and now our district must have an internal investigation to see what happened that day? I must say that I truly believe that if there were urine filled balloons being thrown, then there would be MORE THAN JUST ONE TICKED OFF PARENT calling or visiting the district offices!!! Wouldn't that make more sense? Strange that no one else had that problem occur. ONLY THE PEOPLE WHO WERE ACTUALLY ThERE AND INVOLVED KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED, RIGHT?? I can't say that I know all about the incident as I was not there, nor am I a senior, however, I 'heard' about the incident from my senior student who was not involved as many others were not. What started out to be a harmless prank did get out of hand with shoe polishing and even some inappropriate, irresponsible, and untolerable behavior such as pouring drinks inside of vehicles. Perhaps letting the seniors out of school at 10:30 that morning was not such a good idea in the first place? If the children were IN school this wouldn't have happened! Students who may or may not have done anything that day were lined up and forced to sign their names and all seniors were scolded and threatened. Who really knows what happened?

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